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Tahlequah Resident Sentenced For Federal Firearm Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Michael Shane Lowrey, age 51, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to time served and two years of supervised release for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.

The charges arose from investigations by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On March 9, 2022, Lowrey pleaded guilty to the offense.  On January 1, 2021, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies to investigate a shooting at a local residence.  Deputies answering the call discovered Lowrey with a self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound.  Upon questioning, Lowrey admitted to knowingly possessing the firearm despite his felony conviction.

The Honorable Charles B. Goodwin, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, sitting by assignment, presided over the hearing in Oklahoma City.

Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Satter represented the United States.

Updated February 1, 2024

Firearms Offenses